Tax Lists

Tax lists are important in genealogical research because of the information they provide.

  • Only males over the age of 21 were taxed.

  • When a male is dropped from the list, he either died or was exempt from paying taxes due to old age.

  • Tax lists include information on real estate as well as the types of livestock and enslaved individuals owned. These types of property provide clues to the financial situation of a family.

  • In some years, the number of children between certain ages was reported.